Tech Trek: Technologies for special needs studentsby: Roxanne R. Christmann and Edwin P. Christmann

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You might wonder why today’s science teachers need to keep current with the latest technologies available for special education students. When you consider that more than 50 million Americans are identified as having a disability, classroom technology applications for special education students is crucial (Sharp 2002). Especially for those that would generally not be able to participate in scientific activities without the use of the latest technologies. This article describes computer-assisted instruction and assistive technologies that are available for students with disabilities. It also includes an assistive technology glossary.

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  • Middle
Publication Date
3/1/2003

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  • on Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:28 PM

This article is about an amendment that insures students with special disabilities to have available general education. Parents, students and teachers came together to design a program called IEP for special needs students. An IEP is a document that specifies guidelines for indications for students when in a classroom and classroom instructions. After IEP was mandated students have been able to increase their success in a classroom. It's very important for science teachers because they have to keep up with the latest technology so the students can participate in class. An example is the use of computer assisted instruction (CAI) and it allows students to work at their own pace. They have also come up with assistive technology which helps students perform task easier. In today's society all people use technology to function daily in their lives. Regardless of any disability none should be left out so I am very happy they have made adjustments for everything. I think this was a great article and I learned about many different ways to accommodate students with disabilities.

LaShonda Johnson
LaShonda Johnson

  • on Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:18 PM

This article briefly describes the law that provides technology for the Special Ed student who qualifies for it. Along with computer-assisted technologies there are also assistive technologies that enable students to do far more than they could before. The article provides references and resources to keep up to date on what is available. Since this is an older article I am sure there is new AT available to students in an inclusive classroom.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed May 11, 2011 10:44 AM

Any teacher in an inclusive classroom that addresses all students including one with special needs has probably seen assistive technologies in use. This equipment is often determined by ARD meetings and provided for students with those needs. For those who prescribe these tools this article provides a variety of resources to learn more about them. For a Special Ed teacher this would be a goldmine of information.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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